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Chocolate Babka


Chocolate Babka

This family recipe is perfect for all types of Babka—chocolate, cheese or cinnamon.

 

For the dough:

5 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 tablespoons instant yeast

½ cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

¾ cup warm water

½ cup orange juice

1 cup margarine (2 sticks)

1 egg

2 egg yolks

1 teaspoon salt

 

for the filling:

1 cup cocoa

2 cups sugar

1 stick margarine

½ teaspoon cinnamon

2 eggs

 

Egg wash—2 egg yolks, beaten

 

For the streusel:

1 cup flour

½ cup sugar

4 ounces margarine, 1 stick

 

Place the flour in your mixer bowl.  Add the yeast and sugar.  Add all the other ingredients and knead 10-12 minutes until it has formed a smooth dough.  Remove from the bowl and allow it to rise 40 minutes. 

Prepare the streusel by mixing all ingredients at high speed in a mixer or food processor until it resembles crumbs. Don’t over mix or it will come together.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Divide dough in thirds and roll out one piece into a rectangle approximately 14"x10".  Spread generously with filling.  Roll up the dough jellyroll-style. Cut dough into 1” slices and place 2, 3 or 4 slices in a paper loaf pan—depending on the side.

If you are making individual buns, cut the slices a little thicker—about 1 ½ inches wide.

In a tube pan, lay the slices all around the pan, one right near the next. This will cause them to grow upward and fill the pan.  Repeat with remaining dough.    

Brush the cakes generously with egg wash. Sprinkle streusel over buns or Babka and place the pans on a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan.

 Bake 25 minutes for medium-sized cakes or 15-20 minutes for individual buns.


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